Small Arms of WWI Primer 031: Italian Carcano Carbines

Small Arms of WWI Primer 031: Italian Carcano Carbines

Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

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Cartridge: 6.5x52mm
Capacity: 6 rnds
Length: 36.25″
weight: 6.9 lbs

Additional reading:

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The Model 1891 Carcano Rifle
A Detailed Developmental & Production History
Giovanni Chegia & Alberto Simonelli with Ralph Riccio
http://www.schifferbooks.com/the-model-1891-carcano-rifle-a-detailed-developmental-and-production-history-5898.html

Italy’s Battle Rifle
Russ Arendell and Steve Woodrum

Il Novantuno Mannlicher-Carcano Das italienische Waffensystem Modell 1891
Wolfgang Riepe

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50 Comments

  1. Frank Boitano on November 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Very impressive your knowledge and presentation was top shelf!



  2. IRMacGuyver on November 27, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    aw it’s a Mae sized gun



  3. Goat Herder Extraodinaire on November 27, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I just ordered a Carcano carbine from Classic Firearms. My grandfather was a Alpini captain in the Italian armed forces in WW1 so I figured that was the weapon that his men used. Being an officer he probably just carried a pistol i’m thinking. The carbines were reduced in price from $269.00 to $229.00 on the Black Friday sale.



  4. Tim Black on November 27, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Great info..



  5. Arkhaan on November 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I have a sporterized Carcano with a barrel marked from 1916. Is it something y’all would be interested in looking at for a video and possibly rebuilding to original?



  6. Steve Moore on November 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    the shooter was stunning, and a great shooter!



  7. SuperTunadude on November 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I wish the actions on my Carcanos were that smooth. I cleaned and lubed the shit out of them and they still take a ton of elbow grease to cycle.



  8. Roberto Pedrollo on November 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Did they use the cavalry carcano m91 on troops that just run fast ? Like a soldier carring less stuff but can run faster ? Is that it ?



  9. Tony21 0 on November 27, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Awesome review and thanks for mentioning the Bersaglieri.



  10. terry yocum III on November 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Ugly in my opinion



  11. Blasters and Blades Podcast on November 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Does Beardy ever get to fire or just Mae?



  12. Medmann48 on November 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I just ordered one of the Carcano M91/24 carbines yesterday from Bud’s guns, hopefully I get a good one.



  13. Gage Dillon on November 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    "Sounds delicious, but it’s actually a carbine. Let’s go take a look in the light box." That is just the perfect way to put it.^^



  14. Fred Flintstone on November 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Mae, a more efficient shooting technique would be learning how to cycle the bolt, chamber a round and fire another round WITHOUT removing the butt stock from your shoulder.



  15. David Ingram on November 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I have a 1940 Carcano. Do you have a video talking about that time frame? I know you mentioned up to 1938 so just checking



  16. SanguisDiabolus on November 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Had to pause and rewind to make sure I actually heard Othias say "360 no scope"



  17. Peggy Geren on November 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    italian is not that hard to pronounce fluently, if not always correctly. They have "rules based" spelling, unlike English. Get the rhythm, a bit of Chico Marx helps. Don’t you and Bruno talk about it? …I suppose if you made an effort you would owe it to the other tongues.

    Not nitpicking, just for interest; The general pattern is to stress the penultimate syllable of each word, but there are many exceptions to that rule, particularly in the case of proper names. Most of these exceptions stress the first syllable, instead. "CARcano" is one of the exceptions. Again, not asking that you change.



  18. Vnix on November 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    5:36 HEhURP!



  19. Joani Kelly on November 27, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Keep in mind that Jesus was crusafied on Cal va re and the cav el ry ride horses. ASK ANY PREACHER.



  20. ZGryphon on November 27, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    After the photo of the bicycle cavalry, I’m picturing a variation on the Bill Mauldin cartoon with the tearful cavalry sergeant about to shoot his disabled Jeep, except it’s one of these guys with a busted front fork, getting ready to put his bike out of its misery.



  21. migthydragon on November 27, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve shot a carcano carbine today. It’s light, handy and very soft recoil. I liked it !



  22. joh yuujin on November 27, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    to begin with these guns are NOT an investment, they are going DOWN in value. so the good news is they are cheap to buy



  23. Brandon Tanis on November 27, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    The more I learn about carcanos the more I like them.



  24. Joshua Bessire on November 27, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Mobile infantry? So did Italy fare so badly in WW2 because they were geared to fight bugs not humans.



  25. p47rr on November 27, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Bought one for $100 a week ago.



  26. Explore Natural beauty Of GB on November 27, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Are these balout is available online



  27. sam schneider on November 27, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    When Mae, in 2016, mentions that the US M1 Carbine will be about a year away, queue the TikTok song, "Oh no. Oh no. Oh no no no no no".



  28. Josh Neil on November 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    This episode could be a good candidate for a redo.



  29. Big W on November 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Just picked my Carcano today. Barrel dated 1929. Cosmoline galore



  30. Kit Carson on November 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Awww…Italy…the beautiful weather, food, women, and Cacano rifes…Love it ALL!!!



  31. Sanitys Void on November 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Ammo not easy to find and too expensive.



  32. Justice on November 27, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    What about the gain twist rifling not stableizing the bullets with the cut down versions?



  33. 1WhiskeyTango1 on November 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I just got a fna product of the m91/24 with a push button fixed bayonet



  34. Kyle Webber on November 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    What brand and grain ammo were you shooting from them ?



  35. William Sabin on November 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I have the Carbine Carcano



  36. Keaton Miller on November 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Thinking of getting one do you habe to have stripper clips in thwm



  37. Zippy Dastrange on November 27, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Now all I can see is Mario with a gun…. https://youtu.be/mG3-iqICPlk?t=605



  38. Skullsaw22 on November 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    So, I have on of the TS models, but the weird thing is that it has a standard bayonet lug on the front, but everything else matches perfectly the example perfectly. Anyone know anything about that?



  39. Pork Chops on November 27, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    “That 6.5? It’s not a shoulder kicker.”

    No, but it hits the wallet rather hard these days. 😬 And not the easiest (but not impossible) to find.



  40. PIATPotatoPeon on November 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Ahh, a comment that can be reliably sourced from local industries.



  41. F-250powerstroke7.3 Ford on November 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I love my little M38



  42. mackshackgabe on November 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Its hard to pull the bayonet on camera when your holding the camera…..not when you have the camera on a tripod and have both hands free lol…..great video though! Very informative



  43. Ensign Cthulhu on November 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Not that it could be done during either war, but it would be interesting to see what might be accomplished with the use of a lighter spitzer bullet out of the same cartridge. Both this and the Arisaka are practically intermediate cartridges when compared to many of their contemporaries.



  44. Ryan Rigsby on November 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    here bc they’re cheap to buy online rn lol



  45. Fabio Pirrera on November 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Nice rifle 👍



  46. Olz Dee on November 27, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I suppose it is pretty hard hitting for a carbine. As it takes the same ammo as the full size rifle. How does this impact on recoil? I cant help but like the look of this rifle as i did indeed see it in the hands of an Italian paratrooper in a model kit.



  47. Mathemagics on November 27, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    hmmm…now I’m curious if their bicycles had freewheels (unlikely for the period, I think?) and about the possibility of the tactical trackstand.



  48. Daniel Walker on November 27, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    i think the crosslock on the bayonet was to adress an issue of it unlocking and dropping free under recoil



  49. Zach McIntosh on November 27, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I can’t do the stupid looking bayonet. I just… can’t



  50. pete farr on November 27, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Hi, and thanks for your videos! Got mine 3 days ago and am having trouble dating it. Has no date on the breach end and no flats in that area. Is this something Ill have to deal with?….Have been told, if it has no date, its post WWII ,….. I have been cleaning this guy for 3 days and its gotta be at least 75 years old. many thanks!